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Inspiring aspiring entrepreneurs and investors.

Powered by the Shaddock Seed Fund

Have a business idea and need money to make it happen? Want to learn more about private equity and investing in startups? CREATE – Powered by the Bill Shaddock Seed Fund, gives you experience on both sides of a startup. Not a competition, this unique cross-campus program is designed to get early stage ideas off the ground.

Student Entrepreneurs

Take advantage of workshops, mentors, advice, grants and legal assistance. Any idea at any stage is welcome. Open to ALL TCU students.

Student Investors

TCU MBAs, training to be Angel Fellows, practice deal sourcing, due diligence and milestone tracking.

How it works

Pitch us your idea for a chance to receive up to $25,000 in funding. In one year, we’ve funded 53 ideas from all eight schools and colleges across the TCU campus. Your idea could be next!

Any idea can be a great one. Whether you’ve got an idea on a napkin, a business plan, or already have a startup in the works, we want to help fund your idea and grow it into the next successful venture. No equity, no strings attached – just cash.

Don't overthink it, just do it.
Ready to pitch your idea? Make a video and tell us:

  • The problem you're trying to solve and the solution
  • The competition and size of the market
  • Why your idea is better or different
  • Any validation you've done to show people want it and like it
  • How much money you need to make it happen

Your pitch video should be 5-7 minutes long.

Questions? Email us at create@tcu.edu or call us at 817-257-6544.

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2019-2020 Academic Year

114
Teams Participated
275
Attendees
53
Businesses Funded
8
Academic Colleges
Across the TCU Campus
Section Image: CREATE team of four girls

Workshops

Experienced professors and professionals share their entrepreneurial knowledge to help you get your idea off the ground. Workshops include:
  • Exploring the Business Model Canvas
  • How to Evaluate Startup Ideas
  • How to Set KPIs and Goals
  • Startup Financial Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
  • How to Finance Your Startup
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Meet Our Mentors
Meet Our Mentors

Our mentors volunteer to share their entrepreneurial experience and knowledge directly with you. We match you according to industry, experience and stage of your idea

Thomas Allison 
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship 
TCU Neeley 

Aaron Anglin 
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship 
TCU Neeley 

Antonio Banos 
Program Director, CREATE - Powered by the Shaddock Seed Fund 
Assistant Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Nathan Butorac 
BBA '13, CEO and Co-Founder 
Better Than A Letter 

Rodney D'Souza 
Davis Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence 
Managing Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 

Joe Dickerson 
MBA '20, Fellow 
Cowtown Angels and Investor in Residence 

Stacy Landreth Grau 
Director 
TCU IdeaFactory 

Keith Hmieleski 
Schumacher Executive Faculty Fellow in Innovation and Technology 
TCU Neeley 

Charlie McKee 
BBA '19, CEO/Founder 
AdaptaFit 

Austin Patry 
BBA '17, Co-Founder 
Rollin' and Bowlin' 

Devan Peplow 
BBA '19, Co-Founder 
Sounde 
Program Manager 
Tech Fort Worth 

Michael Sherrod 
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur-in-Residence 
TCU Neeley 

Lianne Yang 
Fellow 
Cowtown Angels and Investor in Residence 

Amber Yourman 
BBA '19, Operations Associate 
Accelerate DFW Foundation 

Shannon Younger 
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship 
TCU Neeley